Those of you who know me know that I don’t mind discussing controversial issues. In fact, I enjoy doing so. For me, it is a way to think out loud, and hopefully think outside the box. Recently, in my sociology classes, we have been discussing sexuality and society, and part of that discussion is on sexual orientation. Since my students know I am a minister, they eventually ask me what I think about sexual orientation and were people get their orientation, you know, the whole, “they are born that way” and / or, “it’s learned behavior” debate.
What I would like to do is to write out loud some of my thoughts. I believe that as Christians, we have got to learn to discuss some issues in a way that is informative and educational, and not judgmental; and by informative and educational I mean we need to be informed and educated as well as the ones doing the informing and educating. I believe in the principle, seek first to understand before being understood. I like to learn from people I disagree with before I give my response. I think it is healthy, and I think I become a better person by doing so. And so, before I give my thoughts, I would like to hear some of yours. Do you think a person is born with a sexual orientation, or do you think it is something that is learned later in life?
Before you answer, here is a short definition of the four main sexual orientations:
· Heterosexuality: Sexual attraction to the opposite sex.
· Homosexuality: Sexual attraction to the same sex.
· Bisexuality: Sexual attraction to both sexes.
· Asexuality: Very little to no sexual attraction to either sex.
What say you?